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Superstars bring Hollywood glamour to sleepy Ballintoy

By Laura Abernethy

Published 01/09/2015

Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller
Workmen build a film set at Ballintoy Church of Ireland yesterday for the movie, The Lost City of Z

A sleepy village got some 1920s glamour yesterday as Hollywood A-listers took part in filming.

The Parish Church in the Co Antrim village of Ballintoy was the latest of several Northern Ireland locations for Brad Pitt's blockbuster The Lost City of Z.

The film, due for release next year, will tell the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who disappeared with his son in the Amazon while looking for an ancient city in 1925.

Thousands of others died looking for the mythical city and Fawcett spent years building a scientific case for its existence but his expedition vanished shortly after he set off.

Ballintoy residents looked on yesterday as Hollywood heartthrob Charlie Hunnam walked through Ballintoy sporting the distinctive moustache of the explorer as he is set to play the lead role.

Sienna Miller, who will play Fawcett's wife, Nina Agnes Fawcett, was spotted in a long white coat to protect her and her vintage costume from the unpredictable Northern Irish weather.

Robert Pattinson, who made his name in teenage vampire films, will also star as Fawcett's son Henry Costin, despite Hunnam only being two years older than him in real life.

Superstar Brad Pitt is one of the producers behind the film adaptation of the best-selling book by David Grann.

The stars are expected to be here for several weeks as locations across Northern Ireland will be used for the blockbuster.

Locations have been kept top secret but fans are on the look-out for the stars and immediateley post it on social media.

The stars were recently spotted filming in the village Greyabbey, Co Down, and are rumoured to be here for around another two weeks before finishing the filming in the South American country of Colombia.

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